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Lerato Thahane is a partner in our Johannesburg office’s Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice.
Lerato has advised private and public companies on a number of domestic and cross border acquisitions and disposals, empowerment transactions, general corporate matters, commercial matters, group restructurings and unbundling of shareholdings.
She joined Bowmans in 2011. Between 2018 and 2019 she practiced at the Munich office of international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she advised on both mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
Lerato holds an LLB degree and a Certificate in Advanced Company Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also has a Notarial Practice and Conveyancing Certificate from the Centre for Conveyancing Practice.
Lerato is short listed in 2021 as The African Legal Awards Partner of the Year. She is also listed as one of the Mail & Guardian top 200 Young South Africans to look out for in 2021.
Lerato has advised on many high-profile M&A transactions. For example, she was a part of the transaction teams that advised:
- Messer Group GmbH and CVC Capital Partners in respect of their USD 1.7 billion acquisition of certain assets and entities divested by Linde AG and Praxair Inc. in North and South America as part of their USD 46 billion merger;
- Maersk A/S, in relation to its acquisition of Senator International Spedition GmbH and Senator International Holding, LLC for an enterprise value of approximately USD 644 million;
- LANXESS Proprietary Limited (along with its parent company, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH) on the disposal of its 74% shareholding in its South African chrome ore mining company to Chrome Production Holdings (a supplier of chrome fine ores) and on the sale of its chrome chemicals business to Brother Enterprises in China for approximately EUR 80 million;
- PepsiCo on its acquisition of Pioneer Foods, which was named deal of the year by DealMakers 2020 in South Africa. Valued at approximately USD 1.7 billion, the acquisition was one of PepsiCo’s largest outside the United States;
- Advent International on the South Africa aspects of its acquisition of the operations of Evonik Industries AG’s methacrylate business for EUR 3 billion;
- T-Systems International GmbH in relation to its divestment of its interests in two wholly-owned subsidiaries, being T-Systems South Africa Proprietary Limited and Intervate Solutions Proprietary Limited, through a sale of business as a going concern with Gijima Holdings Proprietary Limited (Gijima);
- Barloworld Transport Proprietary Limited in relation to its disposal of 3 of its subsidiaries, being Barloworld Specialised Transport Proprietary Limited, Manline Energy Proprietary Limited, and Manline Freight Proprietary Limited, to Bakers Transport Proprietary Limited;
- Barloworld Transport Proprietary Limited in relation to its disposal of Aspen Logistic Services Proprietary Limited to Friedshelf 1726 Proprietary Limited;
- AEP Energy Africa Limited, in its listing as a SPAC on the JSE;
- Advised a multinational mining company on a transaction involving the proposed acquisition of an equity interest in certain South African chrome mines;
- Tata Communications in respect of the ZAR 7 billion disposal of Neotel to the Vodacom Group, and the subsequent sale of Neotel to Liquid Telecommunications and Royal Bafokeng Holdings;
- Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., in its acquisition of a minority interest in Abax Investments Proprietary Limited;
- Puma Energy and Trafigura in its acquisition of various retail focused petroleum businesses, across South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe;
- A London Stock Exchange listed mining company in relation to a restructuring of its African mining companies; and
- A leading glass manufacturing company on its proposed acquisition of a controlling interest in a South African business.
- Lerato was recognised in Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in the Justice and Law category.